With no humans, how long would automated systems run?

11 September 2011

Question

My girlfriend and I were having a discussion recently about how automated society is becoming. She posed the question. "If humans were wiped out overnight or very quickly by some kind of virus, how long would the automated manufacturing systems and computer systems continue to operate.?"

Vince Mills

Answer

Paul - Well actually, we ran our previous supercomputer, which was a Sun, for probably about 3 months without human intervention. (I won't go into why that was!) Our current machine would probably run for a couple of weeks.

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